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Wright Concepts: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

11/9/2018 - 10/4/2019, First Friday of Every Month: 10:15 am & 1:15 pm
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

On the First Friday of every month join longtime volunteer Larry Betz on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Betz will guide you on a discussion about the design principles behind Wright’s “Prairie School” architecture, which emphasized horizontal lines in order to blend in with the natural surroundings of the Midwest. The tour promises visitors a new perspective on Wright’s architectural vision, even if they’ve visited the site before. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to sign up for the tour.



Attention to Detail: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

3/2/2019 - 12/7/2019, First Saturday of Every Month: 10:15 am
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

On the First Saturday of every month join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Attention to Detail explores details and stories of the House that enrich our understanding of art and architecture and the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to reserve your place on this tour.



Of Glass and Wood: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

3/2/2019 - 12/7/2019, First Saturday of Every Month: 1:15 pm
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703
The First Saturday of every month join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana-Thomas House. Of Glass and Wood focuses on details of the amazing art glass collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed furniture in the house.


Moonlight Market

5/1/2019 - 9/18/2019, 1st & 3rd Wednesday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery & Eatery
500 S. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701

Join us the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from May - September as we close Jackson Street for a unique art, Craft, and Vendor Fair! All sorts of crafts, art, locally made products, and more will be available from a variety of vendors.

Check out a short video of Moonlight Market here.



Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/9/2019 - 10/10/2019, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed
801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62703

Each week the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week."

Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 



All Aboard Exhibit

5/10/2019 - 12/31/2019, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Union Station - 1st Floor
500 E. Madison St. Springfield, IL 62701
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike, the realization of President Lincoln’s dream of a transcontinental railroad. In partnership with the Springfield Model Railroad Association, working scale models will depict advancements in United States railroad technology and will display the impact of railways throughout America’s history. 


Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/18/2019 - 10/26/2019, Every Wednesday & Saturday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Springfield
411 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701

The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.

Check out a short video on the Old Capitol Farmers Market here.



In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII Exhibit

6/5/2019 - 1/20/2020, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery
212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
The second exhibit to be be featured in the Illinois Gallery in 2019 will be, In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII and will feature our treasured audio and video tales from Illinoisans who lived through WWII. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will present this exhibit of war posters, oral histories, and artifacts.  


Urgent Care: Stuck in that Awkward Stage between Birth and Death Exhibit

6/22/2019 - 9/29/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This exhibition presents a 50-year survey celebrating the career of Thomas Skomski, one of Illinois’s finest sculptors. Springfield-area residents will know his work from the large public sculpture on the grounds of the University of Illinois Springfield campus that looks like a giant broken column called Impermanent Column. 
Thomas Skomski’s art honors life’s struggles; it reflects our times, it examines the processes of change and the inevitable outcome of decay and aging. From his earliest wood carvings, woodcuts and drawings of the 1970s to the cages, light boxes, water bottles, light manipulations and photographic images of the ‘80s and ‘90s up through his most recent works, Skomski’s fertile investigations into the human condition create art rich with ambiguities, analogies, and metaphors open to multiple interpretations. It’s art that mourns the losses and celebrates the precious and precarious nature of being alive.


Bringing History To Your Community Exhibit

6/26/2019 - 9/18/2019, Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
SPAN’s American Presidents Life Portraits exhibit takes a look back at the lives of the men who have held the office of president from the founding of our country through the modern age. Known for providing up-to-the-minute public affairs coverage and historical insight into today’s events, C-SPAN’s traveling exhibit brings you a portrait of each of our country’s presidents through paintings, photographs, prints, and audio recordings. “In our nation’s history, only 44 men have made it to the White House. By learning more about them, we learn more about our collective selves,” said C-SPAN Executive Chairman Brian Lamb.


 


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